Course Title Leadership and Management Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
Level: 4
Code AF0277-A

Overview of the Course

Effective managers make a positive difference to an organisation and the Level 4 in Leadership and Management is ideal for managers moving into a middle management position, who still retain responsibility for operational processes but are more removed from day-to-day line management duties.  The qualification develops the knowledge and skills required to take on higher level responsibilities such as planning and implementing change.  The qualification is designed to develop aspiring middle managers and first line managers.  Learners build on core skills in middle management and gain specific management skills to suit their needs.


Key Units/Learning Aims

Competence element – ILM Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management

There are four mandatory units and then optional units to meet the required credit level (chosen with support from a Learning and Skills Coach).  Most of this qualification is assessed in the workplace.  An online portfolio will be produced electronically using Onefile.

Knowledge element – Level 4 Diploma in Principles of Leadership and Management

This is the new information the apprentice will study and it is assessed by completion of assignments.  The apprentice will be required to attend college one evening per week for 30 weeks.  This will provide them with an opportunity to network with other managers in similar roles to discuss the topics for various units in the knowledge element.  During this time, the tutor will deliver the four mandatory units and several optional units.  The option units that will be delivered are:

  • Understanding the Communication Process in the Workplace
  • Understanding Leadership
  • Understanding Marketing for Managers
  • Understanding Training and Coaching in the Workplace
  • Understand How to Develop an Effective Team
  • Understanding Recruitment and Selection of New Staff in the Workplace

What are the entry requirements?

Relevant qualifications and/or an initial assessment and diagnostic testing on maths and English will take place prior to commencement. Specific entry requirements may be applicable based on employer requirements. Attainment of level 2 maths and English Functional Skills is required.


The Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship Standard

Course Duration

24 months.

Apprentice Benefits

This qualification develops the underpinning knowledge required to effectively perform the tasks required of middle managers. The qualification’s core themes are understanding the management role to improve performance and planning and leading a complex team activity which are enhanced with a variety of optional management specialisms that will benefit learners in a management role.

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are a vital part of your apprenticeship. They provide the essential knowledge, skills and understanding needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently. Functional skills are available at Level 1 and Level 2 and the level you will work towards will depend on the previous qualifications you have achieved, the results of an assessment prior to your apprenticeship and the requirements of the apprenticeship you are completing. If you have not already achieved Level 2 English and maths you must study for and take the tests for Level 2 English and maths and achieve Level 1 English and maths for Level 2 Apprenticeship.


Development of the job role competencies and skills and behaviours can be delivered exclusively by Bury College, co-delivered with a workplace mentor who will work alongside the Learning and Skills Coach to support and log the apprentice's progress. The dedicated, qualified Learning and Skills Coach will support the teaching and learning of the apprentice in their development of management knowledge and competence in their work-based activities.

For the Level 4 Diploma in Management the Learning and Skills Coach will visit on a regular basis to support with developing the electronic portfolio which is used as evidence for the completion of the qualifications and the end point assessment.  Assessment of the apprentice's progress in their workplace competencies involves:


·         Observations

·         Professional discussions

·         Question and answer sessions

·         Reviews

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